In a move that hints at an eventual credentialing process for tech transfer professionals, a coalition of organizations jointly established the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) at the AUTM annual meeting. ATTP’s stated objective is to lead the development of the tech transfer profession by promoting recognition, progress, and the sharing of knowledge within the global tech transfer community. ATTP is a not-for-profit corporation registered in the U.K. In addition to AUTM, organizations participating in the group include the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP), the Association of Technology Managers in Taiwan (ATMT), Knowledge Commercialization Australasia (KCA), and PraxisUnico. “The creation of ATTP represents the next major step in the development of the academic technology transfer profession,” says Ashley J. Stevens, DPhil (Oxon), CLP, AUTM’s president.
Academic TT is recognized around the world as a vital profession that transfers innovations from public sector research to the private sector for commercialization and economic development, adds Kevin Edward Cullen, PhD, director of research & enterprise at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. “ATTP is the international professional body set up to lead the development of that profession and its practitioners,” Cullen says. “We look forward to other, like-minded associations joining the Alliance to advance technology transfer globally.”